God rocks at Praise in the Park

The 13-member praise team from Rockford United Methodist Church belts out their rendition of “I Refuse.” Pictured (L to R) Jeff Schroeder, Ivor Thomas, Sue Dalrymple, Robbin Sheasley, Suzi Richards, Ruth Reickard, Eric Lofgren, Hannah Schroeder, Mike Walden, Priscilla Walden, and Jason Reickard. Seated in background, Greorge Schwallier and Dave Dalrymple.	Photo by TOM SCOTT

by CLIFF AND NANCY HILL  Sunday afternoons and evenings used to be pretty quiet in downtown Rockford. Other than White Pine Trail users and those canoeing or kayaking on the Rogue River along with the faithful addicted to Sunday evening Custard by the Dam or Rocky’s desserts, not much goes on. All that changed this […]

John Denver tribute concert features former band member, Denver’s final, never recorded song

The music of John Denver is like an old friend, outlasting trends and standing the test of time. The greatest hits of this beloved American troubadour will be presented as singer/guitarist Jim Curry joins the Grand Rapids Symphony for its third D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops concert this summer. Two performances of “A Tribute to […]

Local artist published in national magazine

Local artist Judith Diephouse of Rockford was recently published in the summer issue of The Decorative Painter, an international quarterly publication and the oldest decorative painting magazine currently published. With 40 years of history, the Society of Decorative Painters (SDP) is home to the world’s most experienced decorative painters, teachers and designers. Diephouse started decorative […]

Elementary students have opportunity to create works for Art Attack

Lakes Elementary School students voted and selected their 10 favorite art pieces during the first Art Attack. Students and their winning pieces (pictured, in no particular order) include fifth-grader Ian Hearn; fourth-graders Svens Daukss, Megan Hearn, Sydney Zimmerman, Grace Pilarski, Carly Pitsch, Melanie Bowman and Cierra Davis; third-graders Morgan Hindman and Akselis Daukss; and second-graders Max Bosworth, Jace Kragt and Natalie Vezina.

by CINDY M. CRANMER More than one-third of the students at Lakes Elementary School participated in the first-ever art competition and creativity display at the Rockford school. Art Attack, which the students considered as their version of ArtPrize, included entries from kindergarten through fifth-grade students, according to Matt Zokoe, the fourth-grade teacher who led the […]

Beyond The Rock crew runs video production at Big Ticket Festival

The Beyond The Rock crew gets the opportunity to run a large part of the video production for the Big Ticket Festival.

by KRIS DEYOUNG Loud music, famous bands, world-renowned speakers, thousands of fans and, most importantly, elephant ears are all part of this year’s Big Ticket Festival, which took place at Allegan County Fairgrounds June 14-16. The Big Ticket Festival is one of the largest Christian music festivals in the state of Michigan. It is a […]